Families on Mission

Hoosier Pie

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.


Play and Learn January 2019

Sugar Cream Pie (Hoosier Pie)

Indiana’s state pie is the sugar cream pie. It is nicknamed the Hoosier Pie due to Indiana being called the Hoosier state. No one knows exactly why Indiana is called the Hoosier state. This simple dessert is flavored with butter, cream, vanilla, and sugar.

In advance, using the recipe, lay the ingredients on the table to make one 9-inch pie. Be sure to supervise the cooking of the pie very closely. Encourage your preschooler to help you as you follow the directions below for the pie.


1 9-inch pie crust, baked

4 tablespoons cornstarch

3⁄4 cup granulated sugar

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2¼ cups half-and-half cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Bowl, saucepan, stove, mixing spoon, small disposable plates, plastic wrap, note cards



Mix cornstarch and sugar in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons butter and 2¼ cups half-and-half cream.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and becomes thick and creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Preheat oven broiler to high.

Pour mixture into piecrust. Drizzle 2 tablespoons butter over top and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Put under broiler until butter bubbles. It does not take long, so watch it carefully.

Cool, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

After taking the pie out of the refrigerator, cut into 8 pieces. Place on small disposable plates and cover with plastic wrap.

Print these notes, and encourage your preschooler to cut out, decorate, and sign them to place on 6 slices. Enjoy eating the other 2 with your preschooler. As you are eating the pie, decide with whom you are going to share the pie. The person could be a neighbor, church prospect, or homebound senior citizen.

by Becky Rainey, Bessemer, AL

This Month

Creative thoughts for family missions activities. 

Discover more about this month's featured missionary, including prayer requests and fun facts to share with your preschoolers.

  • This month's missions focus—What is your Mission Friend studying? Find lots of ways for your family to be on mission together and to learn about the missionaries this month.

Families on Mission Calendars 2018–19

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.

Looking for more resources?

Find storybooks, helpful books, Missions Bank, Mission Friends T-Shirt, Mission Friends Sports Bottle, Mission Friends Tote Bag, parent-child leaflets, and Fair Trade items especially for preschoolers and teachers on our preschool products page.

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